JAQUET DROZ – PETITE HEURE MINUTE RELIEF DOG & PETITE HEURE MINUTE DOG
FROM BEIJING TO LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS
Closely linked to Chinese culture since the 18th century, Jaquet Droz is perpetuating Eastern astrological traditions with two models in its Ateliers d’Art collection.
A long, long time ago, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the founder of the brand of the same name, made a long and dangerous journey that took him all the way to China to show off his famous automata. Since then, the culture of this distant country has remained deeply engraved in the Jaquet Droz archives, but also in the current collections, especially the Ateliers d’Art collection that has now been joined by two new models. The Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog and Petite Heure Minute Dog pay homage to the 11th sign in the Chinese astrological calendar, the dog. Each version is available in 28 pieces.
In the magical hands of the Jaquet Droz craftsmen, man’s best friend, known for its loyalty, generosity and energy, has become the main character in a poetic history. The dog is embodied by a Pekingese with a black and white coat, and makes its way across a “Grand Feu” enamel dial, where blades of tall grass or peonies (on the Petite Heure Minute Dog model) have been delicately painted. This miniature picture is discreetly dominated by a couple of red-gold hands showing the hours and the minutes, and driven by the automatic 2653P movement.
We can see the faithful pet in relief, a miniature sculpture made of yellow or white gold, framed by plants and set on a cuprite disc on the Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog model. This flamboyant mineral with its sometimes mahogany or purple reflections evokes the colour red, a symbol of luck and happiness, and very much present in Chinese culture. Two small, off-centred dials at 12 o’clock, one made of onyx decorated with golden hands and the other made of white mother-of-pearl with blued steel hands, display the hours and minutes. These functions are driven by the calibre 2653Si, which is hidden in a grey-gold case set with diamonds or made of red gold.
Price from 31,150 CHF to 79,950 CHF jaquet-droz.com
By Sharmila Bertin